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Badgers continue to host when UIC comes to Nielsen
Wisconsin will play at full strength this weekend after being short-handed
The Badgers continue to host this weekend, when Illinois-Chicago (2-8) comes to Nielsen Tennis Stadium to take on Wisconsin (4-4) at noon (C.T.) on Saturday, March 8.
The Badgers look for their fourth straight win against the Flames. Last year, Wisconsin beat UIC, 6-1, adding to UW’s overall record of 5-1.
The UIC match and next week’s San Jose State match are the last two non-conference matches of the year for UW.
The Badgers will then host five more conferences matches (Nebraska on March 21, Indiana on March 28, Purdue on March 30, Northwestern on April 19 and Illinois on April 20) and will be on the road for five conference matches (Iowa on March 23, Penn State on April 4, Ohio State on April 6, Michigan State on April 12 and Michigan on April 13).
A Look Back
Wisconsin hosted No. 37 DePaul and began Big Ten play against Minnesota, all while playing short-handed. With only five players, the Badgers were forced to forfeit the third doubles match and sixth singles match for both meets last weekend.
The Badgers nearly pulled off a win against No. 37 DePaul, falling short 4-3 on Saturday.
In No. 2 doubles, Lauren Chypyha and Anastasia Tripolskaya defeated the 59th-ranked doubles team of Jasmin Kling and Kelsey Lawson, 8-3.
The Badgers were unable to claim the doubles point when Lauren Burich and Nova Patel fell short, 8-3, to Patricia Fargas and Ana Vladutu. Valdutu is part of the 41st-ranked doubles team.
Chypyha was able to claim her seventh win this spring when she defeated Patricia Fargas, 6-2, 6-3.
Tripolskaya and Patel also claimed victories in their singles matches. Tripolskaya defeated Jasmin Kling, 6-2, 6-4, and Patel defeated Zaina Sufi, 6-2, 6-3.
Burich fell short, 6-2, 6-4, to 94th-ranked player Ana Vladutu. Sydney Rider also dropped her match, 6-1, 6-0, to Kelsey Lawson.
Wisconsin fell short, 4-3, in its first Big Ten Conference match against Minnesota on Sunday afternoon. The Border Battle lived up to its name with the number of disputes that occurred throughout the match.
In No. 2 doubles, multiple small disputes broke out. After many debates, Chypyha and Tripolskaya suffered an 8-6 loss to Julia Courter and Natallia Pintusava.
At No. 1 doubles, a 20-minute dispute occurred as to whether a ball was wide. With two judges and the rulebook, the ball was officially called in, in Wisconsin’s favor, resulting in a Badgers lead of 4-3.
When court two finished its game, Minnesota head coach Chuck Merzbacher called on a Big Ten rule to stop play on court one despite the fact that Samara wanted to finish. Play stopped on court one with Burich and Patel leading Tereza Brichacova and Jessika Mozia, 5-4, declaring the match unfinished.
Disputes continued during Triposkaya’s singles match against Julia Courter. Tripolskaya earned the win, 6-0, 7-5, despite Courter disputing the last call, claiming the ball hit the net.
Chypyha captured her eighth win this spring in No. 1 singles when she defeated Tereza Brichacova, 6-2, 6-4.
Patel got down to business in her match against Aria Lambert, and earned a 6-1, 6-0 win.
The match came down to Rider and Burich’s singles matches, which went into a third set. Both were unable to capture the win. Rider fell short, 3-6, 7-6, 6-2, to Jessika Mozia. Burich then fell to Natallia Pintusava, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Scouting the Badgers
Five players return from the 2012-13 season: Lauren Burich, Lauren Chypyha, Nova Patel, Anastasia Tripolskaya and Pernilla Wohlstrom. All of the returning players are sophomores this year.
The new additions to the team this season are freshman Sydney Rider and senior Becca Bailey, who is returning to team. In 2010 as a freshman, Bailey made the Badgers’ roster as a walk-on after an open tryout. Bailey chose not to compete that season, instead serving as team manager.
Place Your Bets: The Chyps Are All In
After posting a 12-5 mark in the 2013 fall season, Chypyha opened the season ranked No. 19 in the ITA Midwest Regional rankings.
“This ranking means Lauren is being recognized as one of the top 20 players in our region, which is extremely competitive,” Samara said of the Midwest Region, which boasts nationally-ranked teams.
In the fall, she captured the Draw A championship of the 2013 Spartan Invitational in September posting a perfect 4-0 weekend.
This spring, Chypyha leads the Badgers with a dual record of 8-0 and only has dropped two sets.
On Feb. 14, Chypyha downed her first ranked opponent of the season when she knocked off No. 89-ranked Rebecca Shine of No. 63 Louisville, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.
Chypyha has also defeated Ana Pimienta (MU), 4-6, 6-2 (10-4) on Feb. 1, Nelle Youel (NIU), 6-2, 6-2, on Feb. 2, Diana Tokar (UWM), 6-1, 6-2, on Feb. 9, Jennie Hartjes (CU), 6-1, 6-0, on Feb. 22, Klavdija Rebol (DU), 6-0, 6-0, on Feb. 23, Patricia Fargas (DPU), 6-2, 6-3, on March 1 and Tereza Brichacova (MINN), 6-2, 6-4, on March 2.
The win over Tereza Brichacova marks Chypyha’s first Big Ten Conference play win.
Last year, Chypyha led the Badgers with 14 singles wins, including four wins in conference play.
After playing short-handed last weekend, the Badgers mixed up their doubles team again.
Playing No. 1 doubles for the second week, Lauren Burich and Nova Patel are 2-1 after last weekend.
The duo defeated both Jennie Hartjes and Katherine Nelsen (CU) and Mariel Ante and Lea Kozulic (DU), 8-5. They led Tereza Brichacova and Jessika Mozia (MINN) before the Big Ten rule was called to stop playing, resulting in an unfinished match.
The pair fell short, 8-3, to Patricia Fargas and Ana Vladutu (DPU). Vladutu is part of the No. 41st-ranked doubles team of No. 37 DePaul.
Since Becca Bailey was gone for the weekend, Anasatasia Tripolskaya stepped up to play No. 2 doubles with Lauren Chypyha. After the weekend, the Tripolskaya and Chypyha are 1-1.
The two of them were able to claim victory over the No. 59th-ranked doubles team of Jasmin Kling and Kelsey Lawson of DePaul, 8-3.
Chypyha and Tripolskaya fell short, 8-6, to Julia Courter and Natallia Pintusava of Minnesota.
The team of Becca Bailey and Lauren Chypyha hold a record of 3-3 in No. 2 doubles.
Chypyha and Bailey won, 7-5, against Haley Dekkinga and Stephanie McDonald (NIU); 8-5, against Alysa Straub and Haylet Marshall (UWM), and 8-6, against Analese Snyder and Sam Andersen (CU).
They fell short to Erin Gebes and Rocio Diaz (MU), 1-8 and Rebecca Shine and Manuela Velasquez (LOU), 2-8. Rebecca Shine is part of the No. 7th-ranked doubles team of No. 63 Louisville. They also fell short, 8-6, to Maddie Johnson and Klavija Rebol (DU).
The new No. 3 doubles team of Tripolskaya and Sydney Rider are 1-1. The pair defeated Amanda Noonan and Liz Vermillion (CU), 8-6. They then fell short, 8-5, to Nell Boyd and Jordan Eggleston (DU).
Previously, the duo of Nova Patel and Anastasia Tripolskaya led the Badgers in doubles wins with a record of 4-0.
The two of them defeated Ana Pimienta and Vanessa Foltinger (MU), 8-4; Maris Rozo and Crsitina Alvarez (NIU), 6-4; Dana Shannon and Aerielle Pendleton (UWM), 8-4 and Elle Stokes and Becky Bodine (LOU), 8-2.
The former pair of Lauren Burich and Sydney Rider had only had one blemish to their record of 3-1.
Burich and Rider defeated Ali Dawson and Aina Hernandez Soler (MU), 8-4; Arantza de la Torre and Nelle Youel (NIU), 6-4 and Christina Colarossi and Diana Tokar (UWM), 8-6.
The one match Burich and Rider lost to was Julia Fellerhoff and Olivia Boesing (LOU), 1-8. Julia Fellerhoff is one of the partners for Louisville’s No. 7th-ranked doubles team.
Head Coach Tina Samara
Tina Samara enters her first season as the head women's tennis coach at Wisconsin after holding the same position at West Virginia since the 2010-11 season.
A two-time All-American at Georgia, Samara has 25 years of experience competing and coaching at the national, collegiate and professional levels. Samara spent five years competing and coaching on the USTA/WTA/LTA Pro tour before coaching stops at Colorado, Louisiana-Lafayette and West Virginia.
In three seasons as the head coach at West Virginia (2011-13), Samara led a rebuilding project and recruited two of the highest ranked players in school history. Samara joined the Mountaineers tennis program after spending the 2009 and 2010 seasons as the head coach at Louisiana-Lafayette, where she guided the team to the semifinal round of the 2010 Sun Belt Conference Tournament.
Samara also spent two seasons (2007-08) as the assistant women's tennis coach at Colorado. In her first season at CU, the team finished 16-8 overall, its best record since 1999, and went 9-2 in the Big 12 for a share of third place. The Buffaloes closed out the season ranked No. 37 nationally, the highest ranking in eight years.
Fall Season Review
Being new to Wisconsin, Samara used the fall season as an adjustment period for both herself and her team. With five fall tournaments – Minnesota Invitational, Spartan Invitational, Wildcat Invite, USTA/ITA Midwest Regional and Longhorn Invitational – the Badgers’ overall record for the fall was 43-34 in singles and 15-27 in doubles.
Leading the team was Chypyha, who went 12-5 and earned the No. 19 spot in the preseason ITA Midwest Regional rankings. Chypyha captured the Draw A championship of the 2013 Spartan Invitational in September by posting a perfect 4-0 weekend.
2013 Season Review
The all-freshman team, except for senior Hannah Berner, finished the season with a 5-18 record including a 3-8 mark in Big Ten play. Despite their 3-8 conference record, the Badgers managed to improve their final conference standing from a 10th place finish to tying for eighth place.
Big Ten in National Rankings
Six of the 12 teams in the Big Ten were ranked in the latest ITA College Tennis Division I Poll, released on Feb. 25.
Women’s Team Rankings
Over spring break, the Badgers will travel to San Jose, Calif., to take on San Jose State (5-8) at 3 p.m. (C.T.) on March 18. The Badgers will then host their second Big Ten Conference match at Nielsen Tennis Stadium at 3 p.m. on March 21 against Nebraska (6-2), before heading to Iowa City, Iowa, for their third Big Ten match against Iowa (6-3) at noon on March 23.